Slave Lake residents return home

Charred ruins in Slave Lake, AB 27 May 2011 (CP)

After nearly two weeks away, some residents of Slave Lake, Alberta have been allowed to return home following a devastating wildfire which destroyed almost half of the community.

Early today, a lineup of vans, recreational vehicles, pickups and cars began rolling into the town’s entry point and were greeted by a Canadian flag hung from a ladder of a firefighter’s truck.

The mayor says only residents whose homes were undamaged by the fire were being allowed to return.

Essential services such as power, natural gas, phone and water have already been restored but a boil water advisory is still in effect.

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